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Worship Sheet for Sunday 14 August        Division and Understanding the Time  

Sometimes Jesus comes away with some very hard sayings like the one today about coming to bring about division. He makes a point that we shouldn’t ignore though you won’t be surprised to learn that as with everything he says it has to be seen in the context of his loving purposes. Let’s not shy away from the hard sayings – they reinforce his truth.
Call: God of eternity, God of all time, God of past, God of present, God of future, our times are in your hands. In times of calm, in times of change, in times of harmony and disharmony, you are our constant: your love, our ever-fixed mark. We set aside this time-these all-too fleeting moments-as an offering of our worship; as an offering of our love.

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Pray : : Disturb us, O Lord, as we gather with your words of challenge and truth. Disturb us, O Lord, move us beyond our complacency, our tendency to settle for less, our easy faith that costs us little. Disturb us, O Lord, and awaken us to the cost of changing the world, of changing the church, of changing ourselves. As we gather today, and feel ourselves squirming in your presence, may we know that you invite us into loving action that makes us uncomfortable. Disturb us, O God, and help us to rise to the challenge, for the sake of Jesus your Son who taught us to pray together saying Our Father…

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Luke 12:49-56 Division and Understanding the Time
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Thought- There are some weeks that you just feel “This is hard – can we not just pass on this one?” Jesus’ words are challenging – some, like this passage, more so than most. Two things: Remember that Jesus’ life and teaching always has love at the heart of it – so even in the toughest of sayings we need to look for the love that underpins it. He is not out to destroy families or sow dissension. For most of us, our family is a key locus where we are to demonstrate our faith in practice – where we love. But we can’t allow even our family to wrench us away from Jesus. It might seen extreme  but Jesus wasn’t advocating turning our backs or going out of our way to break up families but he was pointing out that we can’t afford to have anything drive a wedge between us and Jesus. The other one reminds us that faith has its place in our lives and though there are so many “experts” offering their forecast on where life/society/economy/politics etc is going we Christians have every right to gently introduce faith/love/forgiveness into the melting pot. After all we are representatives of God who loved the world that he sent his Son to be our Saviour. Jesus doesn’t sugar coat the troubles and challenges that come the way of believers – he tells us straight – but he also promises to stand with us and walk with us through the tough times too. He is honest with us, so let’s not pretend with him.


Praise: CH4 158         God moves in a mysterious way.       
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Pray: Lord, may we wake up to the signs that are all around of a world in need: Fuel poverty, Food poverty, Homelessness, Migration, War, Greed, Complacency. Help us not to look away but to keep on staring until we see a way by which we can make a difference. The signs confront us every day. May we respond with love. May we respond with compassion. May we respond with action. May we know that we have enough, that we are enough to bring about change, to bring about justice for the world. In reading the signs, may we discern the first step that you invite us to take, as individuals and as your body, the church. Awaken us Lord, strengthen us and lead us on to respond as your people, loved by you and to be love for the world. Hear our prayers for those struggling locally with health, money, worry and in our prayer walk this week we remember those who live or work in Dun & Hillside and to the west. In silence we each bring to you the prayers in our own hearts: SILENCE. Hear our prayers silent and spoken for Jesus’ sake and give each of us the boldness to continue, the grace to forgive and the sight to see your love in our lives and in our world this day and every day. Amen.

Blessing - May the Lord bless you. Amen.